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What causes brown stains in underwear

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
One possibility is: Fecal smudging. A second (if you are female) is older, deoxygenated blood from the vagina.
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A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Some things: to consider:) A female has three openings in the perineum (bottom) for important bodily functions--the urethra for urine, the vagina for reproductive... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Does OBGYN know?: Bleeding noted on underwear can come from several sources. One of the biggest concerns is bleeding from the uterus or placenta. An OB doctor would wan... Read More
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28 years experience
Vaginitis/cervicitis: Talk to your ob/gyn; this could be due to vaginitis, cervicitis, genital trauma, or even placental abruption (chronic, not acute). A thorough physical... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pearlman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Yes: Ovulatory spotting is quite common and is not dangerous. I would keep a diary to ensure that it only occurs right at ovulation. There are many other c... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 47 years experience
Her period: The average age of menarche, when menstruation starts in a young girl, is 12.43 years, and 10% of United States girls start to menstruate BEFORE age 1... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Probably normal: It is probably normal discharge, i would not worry unless it s getting worse, smells bad or other symptoms are associated.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Vaginal discharge...: ...has many possible causes, including pregnancy, miscarriage, various hormone issues, foreign bodies (e.g. a forgotten tampon), and several infection... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Eglash
Family Medicine 37 years experience
A few possibilities: If the spotting is occurring 7-8 days after the last day of your menses, then you may be mid-cycle, and the spotting could be from ovulation. The spot... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 53 years experience
Trauma: Some sort of trauma to the urogenital tract can cause this. See your doctor if it happens again.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Family Medicine 49 years experience
Old blood: It is most likely old menstrual blood mixed with vaginal and cervical mucous. If you have missed 1 complete cycle, get a pregnancy test.
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